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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jun 10, 2009 3:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Sputnik theme

There was a query a few days ago about the "Sputnik jam" Jim Powell mentioned in his Dark Star guide....I asked Powell about it, and it turns out tim_oz was right in his guess -
It's most prominent in '69/70 Stars, the part where Garcia's doing these eerie, fingerpicked repeated chiming notes - for example after 11:40 on the Live/Dead Star. (I think he does it in '69 Crypticals, too, but my memory could be wrong.)
Probably shows up in most Stars from '69 and many from '70, but turns up less often or in variant forms thereafter - for instance, the 7/18/72 Star ends with one in the last minute.
Not sure how it got the name Sputnik - to me it seems kind of twilight zone-ish - but that sort of spectral, floating association is apt.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 10, 2009 4:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sputnik theme

Maybe this is why:

http://www.amsat.org/amsat/features/sounds/sputnk1b.wav

It's that chirpy satellite transmission sort of sound.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Jun 10, 2009 6:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sputnik theme

in the late 1950's there was an instrumental theme type song with sputnik sounds, I think, made with the actual sounds and a Moog synthazizer....(however its spelled)
A big AM Radio hit at the time...can't find it on youtube

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 10, 2009 6:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sputnik theme

Got to be Telstar by the Tornados

I loved it too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOIIaGoGqHY

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Poster: rastamon Date: Jun 10, 2009 7:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sputnik theme

thats it! I'll have to check out the "Sputnik" jam to see if it's simular

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Poster: tim_oz Date: Jun 10, 2009 3:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sputnik theme

You're one step ahead LiA! I got a response from Jim Powell and he confirmed the Sputnik theme as you mentioned. He also kindly provided the following examples (some of which are from tapes so may not match digital versions):

Matrix 10/30/68 9:40 - 10:32
Live Dead (Fillmore West 2/27/69) 11:41-13:01
Fillmore West 2/28/69 11:06 - 12:50
Fillmore 11/7/69 21:43 - 22:39
Mammoth Gardens, Denver 4/24/70 11:18 - 12:09
Fillmore East 9/17/70 10:02 - 10:29
Austin Municipal Auditorium 11/15/71 12:05 - 12:20 (variant)
Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen 4/14/72 24:43 - 25:05 (variant)
Das Musikhalle, Hamburg 4/29/72 8:06 - 8:14
Civic Hall, Rotterdam 5/11/72 ends with 0:27 of Sputnik
Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City 7/18/72 28:29 - 29:55
Pershing Municipal Auditorium, Lincoln, Nebraska 2/26/73 5:42 - 6:29 (mutant)
Winterland 11/11/73 10:50 - 11:00 (variant)


I thought I had heard this in an Other One somewhere and found it this morning. From around 18:15 - 18:49 in the 9/17/72 Other One (Dick's Picks 23)there is a brief Sputnik.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jun 10, 2009 7:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sputnik theme

It's worth noting these are only a few examples - and some of these are *very* short or barely there.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jun 14, 2009 9:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sputnik theme

I think I'm hearing a Sputnik at Fillmore West, 6/7 in DS.... or am I off?

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jun 10, 2009 5:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sputnik theme

Best thread here in what seems like eternity, thanks!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 10, 2009 6:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sputnik theme

Okay, so the repetitive opening organ component is NOT related to this...

Thanks for the follow up.